Monday January 28, 2013
TO welcome in the start of the Chinese New Year on Feb 10, major sneaker retailers have been unrolling Year of the Snake releases featuring a snakeskin effect.
Nike has introduced a capsule collection of footwear and apparel inspired by basketball star Kobe Bryant and the 2013 zodiac. The brand first released its zodiac-based collections back in 2002, and the latest designs complete the 12-pronged cycle. This year’s collection includes three Nike Kobe 8 colour schemes, featuring snakeskin-style uppers. Also look for three Nike Air Force 1 models featuring the scaly effect.
New Balance is ringing in the new year with a four-sneaker collection featuring reptile-inspired uppers in red, green, navy, and a fluorescent design.
Taking the theme even further, Vans and Stussy are also releasing a Sk8 Hi Year of the Snake model featuring not only a reptile-printed upper but a snake slithering across the outside and on the tongue tag in the form of the Stussy logo. To top it off, “Year of the Snake” is stiched on the back of the shoe. Vans’ Old Skool line is also releasing snake-themed shoes in an array of colors to mark the occasion.
LUXURY fragrance brand Kilian recently released a line of perfumes named In The Garden Of Good And Evil – the perfect fragrances for celebrating 2013, the Year of the Snake.
Kilian’s collection is packed full of Western mythology, but the charming snake-covered packaging will have a new lease of life on Feb 10.
Released last November, the three new Killian perfumes were apparently created under the influence of some forbidden fruit.
In The City Of Sin is a spicy, fruity and woody concoction, Good Girl Gone Bad is floral and fruity and Forbidden Games plays with fruits, rose and amber. The three scents are available in 50ml bottles.
They’ve got some pedigree behind them. Forbidden Games and In The City Of Sin were both created by Calice Becker, the nose behind Marc Jacobs’s Lola and Calvin Klein’s Secret Obsession. Good Girl Gone Bad was produced by Spanish perfumier Alberto Morillas, who recently created Belle d’Opium for Yves Saint Laurent and Essence for Narcisso Rodriguez.
The delicately engraved bottle features a pair of intertwined snakes, a door, an apple and a vine on a white and gold bottle.
According to the brand, the snakes symbolise fallen lovers, the door is the route to paradise and an opening to infinite possibilities, the apple is the symbol of original sin, and the vine represents life and Dionysean pleasure.
The Art Deco-inspired box is designed to bring to mind an old cigarette case and is embellished with a lavish gold serpent again signifying sin and temptation. From Feb onwards, this golden serpent will be imbued with the influence and insight of the Water Snake, at least according to the Chinese Zodiac.
With their naughty names, they might also be perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Luxury brand Kilian was launched in 2007 and now features 19 scents as well as a range of luxury clutches. Famed for its “eco-luxe” philosophy, the label offers bottles that can be hand-refilled and kept for a lifetime. – AFP Relaxnews